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Things to do in Somerset at Halloween and in October Half Term

Halloween Events and October Half Term in Somerset and Bristol 2023

Now autumn has arrived and Halloween is just round the corner, you might be starting to plan where to take the kids in October half term and looking for local Halloween events.

Somerset and Bristol always get into the spooky spirit of Halloween!

Visiting a pumpkin patch is great fun. Read our blog post where to find the best pumpkin patches in Somerset.

Picking pumpkins

Halloween is a great time for family events and days out. To help you get out and about with your little monsters we have put together a list of outdoor trails, spooooky craft activities, a range of autumnal family days out for Halloween, plus some special spooktacular Halloween events in Somerset and Bristol for 2023.

Best Halloween Events in Somerset 2023

Mendip Outdoor Activity Centre

Where: Lyncombe Drive, Churchill. BS25 5PQ.

The Zombie Outbreak is coming! Your help is needed this Halloween to join Mendip Activity Centre’s Zombie Outbreak Response Team. Choose your weapon from axes, bows and rifles. Are you brave enough?

All archery, air rifle, axe throwing, archery active and tobogganing sessions are Halloween themed.

When: Between 6th – 31st October 2023

Price:From £10/person. Book here.

Axe Throwing at Mendip Outdoor Activity Centre - Halloween event in Somerset

Brocks Outdoor Adventure

Where: Kelston, Bath BA1 9AF

Zombie Archery is back this spooky season!

This is a game where archery meets the undead – shoot at zombies & Halloween inspired targets. Discover how to shoot with a bow and arrow with a GB Archery qualified instructor before the zombie games begin. This wicked experience is fun for the whole family – prepare for an unforgettable Halloween.

  • 75 minute session
  • Suitable for all skill levels
  • If you book 6 or more, you get the range to yourself!
  • Prizes to be won!

When: 13th to 31st October 2023

Price: From £20. For more information and to book a times session, click here.

Age: 7+ year olds are allowed to shoot, however this experience is recommended for ages 10+ as this experience may be scary for younger guests.

There are also holiday clubs running during half term, suitable for ages 6-11.

  • Runs from 9am – 3.30pm
  • £35 per child, per day

See website for details.

Noah’s Ark Zoo PumpkinFest

Where: Clevedon Road, Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1PG

Pumpkinfest is packed with autumnal family fun.
Try the animal myth busting trail, watch an owl and bird of prey display, explore the undercover pumpkin-themed corner, enjoy the seasonal games and capture the perfect pumpkin picture!

When: From 9th October to 5th November 2023

Price: Included in the zoo admission price.


Wookey Hole and Caves

Where: Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

Attention all witches and wizards! Prepare to dive headfirst into the enchanting realm of Halloween magic at Wookey Hole, the home of Halloween. After exploring the caves, everyone can join in the Giant Pumpkin Trail and solve a mystery to win Halloween treats. Head to the Scoob! 4D cinema experience, spooky circus show, museum, soft play, monster golf, fancy dress competition and meet the Wookey witch!

When:21st to 29th October 2023, from 9.30 am until 4 pm.

Price: Included in normal admission price – visit website and book online here.

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

Where: Cheddar Gorge and Caves, The Cliffs, Cheddar, BS27 7QF

It’s time to party with the Ghost of Cheddar Man this October half-term. Cheddar Caves are hosting a special “Day of the Dead” style event where you join The Ghost of Cheddar Man festivities on a trail around Gough’s Cave and there’s even a reward to take home with you! Also, you will explore the Dreamhunters at Cox’s Cave, Beyond the View, Jacob’s Ladder, the Cliff-top Walk and the Museum of Prehistory.

When: Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2023, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Price: Included in normal ticket price. Book here.

American Museum and Gardens, Bath

Where: Claverton Manor, Claverton Down, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD

Join in throughout October half term for a cool, spooky day out at the museum with a classic American Trick or Treat atmosphere. There will be lots of family activities, a scavenger hunt in the autumnal gardens and a fun potion trail around the manor house. Visit the LEGO bricks exhibition and build something weird and wonderful for the brick Hall of Fame Gallery, and enjoy some seasonal Halloween treats at the American Garden Deli. Why not get into the spirit of Halloween and come in a costume!

When: 21st October to 29th October 2023, from
10 am – 5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm).

Price: £3 per trail sheet plus normal admission (1 treat per trail sheet). Free entry on Wednesday 25th October as part of Bath Museum Week.

Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells

Where: Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD

When: 24th October (11 am & 1.30 pm) – Spooky Tales with Michael Loader


Come dressed in your best-est and most gruesome for a scare of stories MWAHAHAH!!! (but not TOO scary) with the grimace of ghostly teeth, devilish meetings (told first-hand by Old Nick himself – in puppet form) and a night in the Inn with a wig that turns white with fright!

Somerset and Dorset Railway

Where: Midsomer Norton Station, Silver Street, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, BA3 2EY

Halloween at the Station – Join us for an atmospheric Halloween Train ride at Midsomer Norton. There will be Halloween activities and the shop & buffet will be open. Train tickets are All Day Rovers so cover travel on as many trains as you like.

When: 29th October 2023

Price: £9.00 for one adult; £4.50 for children aged 4-16 or FREE if wearing Halloween costume. All children aged 3 and under travel FREE but of course may wear suitable costume as well.

The Helicopter Museum

Where: Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 8PP

Enjoy a Halloween Family Fun Day at the Helicopter Museum in Weston super Mare.

An amazing day of Spooky fun for the whole family includes watching live giant bubble shows in the indoor arena. Meeting the costumed characters on the prowl and exploring the haunted graveyard. Climb into the pilots seat of some of the helicopters and try on a pilots helmet. Have your face painted and have your photograph taken in front of the movie themed backdrops.

When:15th October 2023

Price: Adults – £13.00, Children (4-15) – £6.00, Concessions available. FREE entry for all children in Halloween fancy dress!!

Amazing Animal Adaptation at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Where: RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, BA22 8HT

When: Monday to Friday

Price: Adult £15, Child (3-15)/Seniors (65+) £10 (online price), Under 3’s FREE

Join the ZooLab team at the Fleet Air Arm Museum during October Half Term, for a series of hands on, animal-tastic shows. Get close up to the claws, fangs, venom and slime to see how the animals survive in the wild.


  • 11:00 – 11.45 am
  • 12.45 -1 3:30 pm

Yeovil Railway Centre

Where: Yeovil Junction Station, Stoford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9UU

Join one of the Halloween evenings. Come dressed up in your scary outfits! Free Horror Bag for children! Ghostly steam train rides from the haunted house plus Halloween themed food on sale.

When: Saturday 28th October and Tuesday 31st October 2023.

  • Saturday – Disco and Steam Train.
  • Tuesday – Halloween evening (prizes for scariest costume) and Steam Train

Price: £11 pre-booked per person (paid min. 24 hours in advance), or £12 on the evening per person. (One Under 5 will be admitted FREE with a paying adult).

Halloween Trail at Yeovil Country Park

Where: Yeovil Country Park, Brunswick Street, Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA20 1QZ

When: Friday 27th October 2023

  • 11 am – 2 pm

Price: £2/Child; Under 3’s FREE

Join in the fang-tastic fun day out in the beautifully autumnal setting of ‘Ninesprings’. Pick up a trail leaflet from the frightful ‘Friends of Yeovil Country Park’ stall (opposite Ninesprings Café) anytime between 11 am – 2 pm and follow the pumpkin markers through the eerie woods. Find the missing letters hidden at several marked stops along the way to help craft a spell. At the end of the trail you will find a witch or a wizard, be sure to tell them the missing word so they can cast their spell to conjure up a prize.
A buggy friendly/little legs short route will be available and clearly signposted.
The trail takes around one hour to complete and the last entry will be at 2 pm.

Ocean Adventurers, Cheddar

Where: Unit 11, Cheddar Business Park, Wedmore Rd,
Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3EB

Soft Play Halloween Parties featuring fancy dress competition, pumpkin hunt, zombie laser tag, kids karaoke, foam finale and Halloween themed food and drink.

When: 27th and 28th October 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Price:Adult £3.95; Child (age 1-12) £14.95; Under 1’s £1.95

The Lab at Hestercombe House and Gardens

Where: Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG

Strange things have been occurring at the Hestercombe Lab.

Dr Smith and Dr James have spent the last year experimenting and finding new ways of reaching the supernatural. They recently made a breakthrough, unfortunately they have now disappeared and are nowhere to be seen!

This Halloween follow the clues hidden around the gardens to find the culprit behind the spooky goings on at Hestercombe.

As well as our spooky trail, we have free interactive bubble shows and bubble play zone for all of the family on the Marquee Lawn and free storytelling in the Bat Roost (both Monday to Friday).

When: 21st to 29th October 2023

Price: The Trail is included in the admission price, book here.

The perfect spooky day for the whole family to enjoy!

Halloween at The Grand Pier

Where: Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1AL

There’s a week of spooktacular entertainment for the entire family this Halloween, including face painting, spooky scavenger hunt, Halloween sweet treats and meeting the wicked witch of Weston super Mare!

When: 21st to 29th October 2023

Price:£1/person entrance fee, plus rides are extra – an unlimited ride wristband can be purchased online.

Weston super Mare Grand Pier

FEARless at Avon Valley

Where: Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, BANES, BS31 1TP

A family-friendly immersive attraction created for 11-15 year olds offers a frightfully fun night out. Perfect for a Halloween night out with friends.

Navigate four of the scare mazes, enjoy the epic fire shows, spooky street performers, fairground rides and side stalls serving a fun choice of mocktails and delicious street food.

When: Saturday 21st October and Saturday 28th October 2023.

Price:From £15/person. Booking is essential. Book here.

All persons under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years or over at all times within the event area.

Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

Where: 37 Gay Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2NT

Halloween Horror Event Nights, “After Dark: Nights to die for” is an intense multi-sensory horror event, suitable for age 15+ only. Escape Room sessions from 6pm onwardsincludethe After Dark event.

When: 20th to 31st October 2023, from 6pm – 10.30pm (last admission 9.30pm).

Price:Pre-sale tickets available from £15.

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Where: Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA

Halloween comes to the museum. Visit the museum after dark for some spooky fun! Come dressed in your creepiest costumes and be ready to explore the Museum by torch light as we turn out the lights for a night of family fun under cover of darkness. Take part in a spooky craft activity and follow our special Halloween Mystery Trail around the Museum. There’ll be someone waiting at the end!

When: Saturday, 28th October 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Price: £5 per person aged 3 years and over. Booking is essential, click here.

Who: Suggested age range is 5 to 11 years. Pre-school children are welcome but the event is aimed at older children.

Museum will largely be in darkness so do bring a torch.

Weston Museum

Where: Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1PR

Lots of activities and exhibitions at Weston museum to keep the kids entertained.

  • Adventures in time and space – 60 years of Doctor Who art exhibition. This is the largest collection of original and digital art from and about the programme ever shown in one location.

When: 21st October 2023 to 27th January 2024

Price: FREE

  • Space and time Lego Workshop – Let Your Creativity Flow: Unleash your inner builder as you dive into the world of LEGO. An experienced instructor is on hand to help with whatever you wish.

When: 27th October 2023, 10:00 – 11:00; 11:30 – 12:30; 13:00 – 14:00

Price: £6/person (Limited spaces). Book here.

  • Wibbly-wobbly, slimey-wimey Slime Workshop – Join for an unforgettable workshop where you’ll have the chance to create your very own pot of slime, customised with scents and colours that tickle your imagination. And the best part? You get to take your slimy creation home with you to enjoy!

When: 10:00 – 10:30; 10:45 – 11:15; 11:30 – 12:00; 12:15 – 12:45

Price: £5/person, book here.

Weston Museum

AutumnFest, Chard

Where: Chard Reservoir LNR, Oaklands Avenue, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1HU

When: Tuesday 24th October 2023

  • 10 am – 1 pm

Price: All activities are free with the exception of the Tree Trail which is a £2 cash entry.

Autumnfest returns again for 2023, with:

  • Mini-boat races
  • Hook-an-apple activities
  • Face painting
  • Tree Trail
  • Seasonal refreshments

Halloween Sculpture Trail, Coates English Willow Visitor Centre

Where: Willows and Wetlands Centre, Meare Green Court, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY

When: 16th October – 4th November 2023

  • 9.30 am – 5.oo pm

Price: Trail – £3/Child; Museum: Adult £4.00, Child £2.00

13 Halloween sculptures to find (choice of picture quiz or wordsearch). Pop into the basket museum and watch the willows and wetland film, pick up a free Willow Walks leaflet and explore the withy beds, join a guided tour, and check out the willow shop for the beautiful willow baskets and other hand-made products. Afterwards, enjoy a coffee and a cake from the Lemon Tree cafe.

The Big Bug Hunt, Haynes Motor Museum

Where: Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH

When: Saturday 21st October – Tuesday 31st October 2023

  • 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Price: Adults £19.75, Children £11.25, Under 4’s FREE, Concession £16.65. (Save 10% off the normal entry price when you book by midnight the day before your planned visit).

A new Family Trail has arrived at Haynes Motor Museum. Help save the museum from the microscopic monsters which are invading the Museum this October Half-Term.

Can you find the creepy crawlies that threaten to eat their way through leather, wood and fabric? Seek out these destructive critters in this fun new family trail.

Forde Abbey

Where: Chard,Somerset,TA20 4LU

The Pumpkin Rolling event is back again this year. Purchase a pumpkin, carry it to the top lawn and get rolling. After the kids have had their turn, it’s yours to kindle the kid in you. Once you have had your fun you can take it home for Halloween.

When: 21st October to 31st October 2023, from 10.30 am to 5 pm.

Price: Usual admission fee plus the cost of the pumpkin (priced dependant on size). Book tickets here.

Pumpkins and Potions at Kilver Court

Where: Kilver Court, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5NF

When: Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th October 2023

  • 9 am – 4p m (closing at 3 pm on Sunday)

Price: Standard Garden Admission (+ £2 for an optional Halloween trail pack). No advance booking needed.

Dare to delve into the magically mysterious garden at Kilver Court this Halloween half-term? Come along for a fantastically frightful adventure, perfect for little witches and wizards!

  • The Pumpkins & Potions Trail –Successfully complete the trail and be rewarded with a spooky treat from The Wiggly Shed.
  • Potion Room Extravaganza
  • Find Kasper the Kilver Ghost: While exploring, keep a lookout for Kasper, the elusive Kilver ghost.
  • Ghoulishly Good Grub: Indulge in devilishly delightful Halloween-themed treats in the cafe
  • Wear your spooky costumes

Halloween event at Kilver CourtHalloween decorations at Kilver Court

Best Halloween Events in Bristol 2023

Bristol Zoo Project (formerly Wild Place Project)

Where: Blackhorse Hill, Bristol, BS10 7TP

Let your little monsters run wild on the fang-tastic Howl-oween trail.

Explore the site in all its ‘gory’ and learn about animal bones, skulls and x-rays. Enter the witch’s campsite, if you dare, listen to their spooky stories and get stuck into creepy craft making.

When:21st October to 5th November 2023

Price: Howl-oween events included in admission. Book here.

SS Great Britain

Where: Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY

This October half term, experience the magic of special effect make-up and receive your very own Woeful Wound. Make-up artists will create cuts and blisters that the galley crew would have suffered during their time working in the kitchen at sea on visitors aged 4-18.

When: 21st to 29th October 2023

Price: Included with admission ticket. Book here.

SS Great Britain

Avon Valley Railway

Where: Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD

It’s a hoot! at Avon Valley Railway this October half term. Join in a family-friendly weekend of fun.

Go on a steam-hauled train ride and be entertained by Gizmo the Magic Wizard! Then, back at Bitton Station, see birds of prey from Pitcombe Rock Falconry and enjoy an autumnal trail around the station.

When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29 October 2023.

Trains depart at 10:45, 12:00, 13:15, 14:30 and 15:45

Price: Adults – £11/person. Children who come in Halloween fancy dress will travel FREE of charge. Under 3’s are FREE. Book here.

Bristol Aquarium

Where: Anchor Road,, Bristol,, BS1 5TT

Sea Monsters are invading Bristol Aquarium this October Half Term! Join for a spooktacular underwater adventure. Dive deep into the aquatic abyss and dare to discover a host of spine-tingling, creepy creatures that await beneath the waves. Watch the spooky squid dissection, and get involved making paper plate jellyfish!

Fancy dress is encouraged.

When: 20th to 31st October 2023.

Price: Age 13+ £19.75, age 3-12 £12.35, under 3’s are FREE

Old Down Country Park

Where: Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG

Get ready for a spooktacular Halloween Half Term like no other at Old Down Country Park! We’ve conjured up a bewitching blend of workshops and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Brew up some enchanting potions, get gooey with slime making and carve out unforgettable memories as you create your own pumpkin lantern, picked from our very own pumpkin patch! But that’s not all – we’ve got a Trick or Treat Trail, the Party Play Bus and themed Monster, Wizard and Witches Days!

When: 23rd October to 3rd November 2023.

Price:See website for admission prices. Special offer throughout the whole of October 1 child entry is £1 with a full paying adult.

Pumpkin picking - Halloween Events in Bristol

Halloween Events in Gloucesterhire and Wiltshire

Bowood House and Gardens

Where: Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Join Witch Ramona and black cat Luna on a hunt to break the spell that the ghosts and ghouls have cast over Bowood. Complete the “Witchcraft and Magic Pumpkin Trail” around the estate, explore the house, arboretum, gardens and adventure playground this October half term. Don’t forget to dress up in your spookiest costume and pose for a photo in one of the selfie frames!

When: Saturday 21st – Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Price: See prices and book tickets here.

Longleat Safari Park

Where: Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Longleat are celebrating all things autumnal. Carve your very own pumpkin in the Longhouse. You can then get your wellies on to find all the giant pumpkins on a trail and solve the riddle for a sweet treat. Watch in awe as owls swoop over you, let the kids loose on the mini ride-on tractors, watch chainsaw carving displays, get artistic in craft corner and enjoy the face painting. There is also the drive through safari which is great fun!

When:21st to 29th October 2023.

Price:Normal admission prices plus additional fee for face painting and pumpkin carving. See website for prices and to book here.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre WWT

Where: Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT

A fantastic, fun wildlife learning eek!sperience for all the family. Put your spookometer to the test with the interactive activities. Activities include:

  • Eek!sperience our trail and meet characters along the way.
  • Professor Slug’s House Of Bugs | 28 & 29 October and 4 & 5 November.Book here.
  • Create an origami toad. Drop in anytime at the Art Hub.
  • Find what lurks beneath at Pond Dipping. 12-1pm daily at Pond Zone.
  • Make a recyclable dragonfly! 2-4pm in the Art Hub.

When: Saturday 21st October to Sunday 5th November 2023.

Price: Adult £15.90, Child £10.45, Under 4 FREE

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Where: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LP

A spook-tacular week of magic, mischief, and ghoulish shenanigans at the Castle. Come and join in the fun as the temperature falls, the days get shorter, and the magic of Halloween fills the air. Discover how science, history and nature all have their part to play in the mysterious and oh-so-secretive world of magic

When: Saturday 28th October and Sunday 5th of November 2023.

Tuesday 31st October 2023 Halloween inspired slime and potion making workshop.

Friday 3rdNovemberfor their rocket popping and chromatography disc workshops.

1stand 2nd of November Dig and Delve will be at Sudeley Castle offering magical themed nature-based crafts.

Price: Adults £19.50, Children (3-15) £8.75, Infants under 3 FREE

Over Farm Spookyard Halloween Festival

Where: Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

A kids Halloween festival near Gloucester is a frightfully fun day out for all the family during October half term…if you dare! There are spooky shows, scavenger hunt, maize maze, corn cannons, flying school, fancy dress competition, street food, and their usual farm park activities: great new adventure play area, bouncy pillows, mini golf, tractor trailer rides, and quad train ride.

When: 28th October to 5th November 2023, from 9.30 am to 4 pm daily. Book a time slot online.

Price: For prices and more details click here. (Prices cheaper when booking online in advance).

Pumpkin patch

Berkeley Castle

Where: Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

Ghoul School is an interactive, self-led audio extravaganza that will teach your young thrill seekers all they need to know to become perfect little monsters. Along the way, they will encounter a spooky array of teachers who’ll impart their delights, frights and vampire bites. Enjoy roasting a marshmallow in the woodland area from 2 pm to 4 pm (included in the admission ticket).

When: Ghoul School is available from Sunday 23rd to Wednesday 26th & Sunday 30th October (closed every Thursday – Saturday).

Price: £1 per child, in addition to the admission ticket. Book tickets here.

Primrose Vale Farm Shop and PYO

Where:Road, Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 4UA.

Pumpkin field and Halloween Trail trail that takes you around the farm to discover various challenges, tasks and puzzles. There’s a choice of 2 trails – one for pre -school age, and one for older kids.

When: Tuesday 24th October to Sunday 5th November 2023 – various time slots available.

Price: £6 for Children, £3 for accompanying adults. There are discounted tickets for the “off peak” dates (24 -26th Oct, 4 – 5th November). However you’ll need to book by the 20th October. Book your time slot online here.


Cattle Country Farm Park

Where: Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9EW

Cattle Country’s Pumpkin Patch has thousands of home-grown pumpkins and gourds to pick! So grab your wellies (strongly recommended), a wheelbarrow and pick your perfect pumpkin.

When: From 7th October to 31st October 2023.

Price: Your Farm Park Tickets include entry to the Pumpkin Patch AND a whole day in the park! Pumpkins are priced by size and start at £1 each.

Pumpkin picking near Bristol

Westonbirt Arboretum

Where: The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS

Autumn is the best time to visit Westonbirt Arboretum. Family activities include The Autumn Family Trail – The Ballad of Birtha.

Birtha is the woodland spirit of autumn, and she’s feeling a bit under the weather.

To help Birtha get back to her colourful self, follow the trail to find her woodland friends, all of whom will have something to help her!

Trail created by children’s illustrator and author Duncan Beedie.

This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.

Price: Normal admission price.
You’ll also find the Gruffalo Sculpture Trail and the Exploratree play area at Westonbirt Arboretum.

National Trust Halloween Trails in Somerset and Bristol

Tyntesfield Estate

Where: Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1PA

Join the half term Halloween Trail, where you’ll help us catch the mysterious beast who’s been stealing pumpkins from our display.

When: 21st to 29th October 2023.

Price: Normal admission price or free to NT members.

Pumpkin display in the Orangery October 21st to 17th November 2023.

The pumpkin display at Tyntesfield

Dunster Castle and Watermill

Where: Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6NY

Dunster Castle school of magic returns for another adventure. Follow the clues to uncover what’s happened to Dean Clussters.

Ghost Tours 2023: Dare you join a chilling tour of the most haunted parts of the castle? Listen as your storyteller tells tales of ghosts and apparitions, leading the way through the castle, with a few surprises and scares along the way. Ghost tours suitable for age 13 and over.

When: The school of magic trail runs from 7th October to 29th October 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Ghost tours 30th to 31st October 2023 evening (1820-2300 hrs.), booking is essential.

Price: £3 per trail including a prize. Plus normal admission charge applies, FREE for NT members. Ghost Tours £25

Booking is essential for the ghost tours.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Where: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH

During October half term follow the autumnal adventure trail around the garden. From spooky to nature related, there’s something to find at every location.

Simply solve the puzzle as you follow the map to claim your prize at the end.

When: Saturday 21 until Sunday 29 October 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Price: Prior Park is participating in Baths Museums Week from Monday to Friday when entry to Prior Park Landscape Garden will be free – charges for the trail at £2 per person still apply.

Dyrham Park

Where: Dyrham, South Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY

October half term spider trail. There will be clues and facts about your favourite eight-legged friends during the half-term holiday and halloween.

When: 19th October to 1st November 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Price: Normal admission price or free to NT members. Plus the trail sheet will be £2 each which will include a prize at the end.

Dyrham Park, House (National Trust)

Lytes Cary Manor

Where: Lytes Cary, Manor near, Somerton, TA11 7HU

This autumn enjoy the popular Lytes Scary Halloween Trail which runs though October half term or play a game of hide and seek. Learn about some of the wildlife that thrives here and the carved characters and creatures you may spot in the house or simply enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.

When: 21st-29th October 2023, from 10am to 15:30pm each day

Price: £2.50 per trail (includes a mask, trail sheet and pencil). Normal admission fees apply, (FREE admission to NT members).

Barrington Court

Where: Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ

Apple collecting in the orchards during half term, a fun activity for all the family to enjoy.

Join the fun in the orchards at Barrington Court to gather in the windfall apples with the mini wheelbarrows. Barrington Court orchards are home to over 100 varieties of apples.

Autumn half term storytelling – Wrap up warm and take a seat on the hay bales to listen to cosy stories about Autumn, harvest and nature. (22nd, 25th, 27th, 29th October, 11.00-11.30 am).

When: 23rd to 29th October 2023

Price: Included in the admission price, FREE to NT members. Booking not required.


Please note, every effort has been made to ensure that all information is correct at the time of publishing this post, but please check the venues website before travelling, as events may be amended or cancelled at short notice. Many of these events need pre-booking. If you have any more suggestions for family-friendly Halloween and Half Term events in Somerset and Bristol, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy Halloween!

For pumpkin picking in Somerset and Bristol, check out:

Where to find the best PYO Pumpkin Patch in Somerset

For Halloween events further afield, check out:

Halloween Events in Yorkshire by Sam at The Reluctant Explorers

Halloween Events in the Manchester Areaby Colette at Going on an Adventure

For firework displays and bonfire night events in Somerset and Bristol, check out:

The Best Firework Displays and Bonfire Night Events in Somerset and Bristol 2023

Firework Displays and Bonfire Night Events in Bristol and South Gloucestershire 2023

If you’re looking ahead to Christmas events in Somerset and Bristol, check out:

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Family Days Out at Christmas in Bristol, 2023

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